There are few other words that inspire a feeling of dread better than the two words ‘team-building’. The first reaction of most people is that it will be a waste of time.
However, when done properly team building can be fun and inspiring. All you have to do is choose the right games!
Fortunately, that’s what we’re here to help with!
The Great Race
As far as team-building goes it doesn’t get much more fun that the Great Race. While this company does offer a variety of team events, the Great Race is designed to encourage participation from everyone, making it a true team effort.
When people are pushed to their limits and taken outside of their comfort zones they discover what strengths and weaknesses they, and their colleagues, have. That’s surprisingly beneficial in the workplace!
This is simple and fun but it can take a surprisingly long time to figure out. Each player must link hands with someone opposite in a circle, left hand to the left hand. They then link their right hand to the right hand of someone else. Without releasing hands the group has to untwine itself.
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Write the names of famous people on a piece of paper and fold them in a container. Every person pulls a name out of the container and, without looking at it, sticks it to their forehead.
They can then ask the others questions regarding who they are. The aim is for everyone to guess who they are. This can be a good way of discovering how people think.
This exercise can be a huge amount of fun and can be done inside or out. The aim is to find clues that lead to more clues, solving puzzles along the way.
At the end of all the clues will be a prize and the first team to get there finds, and keeps, the prize.
It’s another good way of people discovering each other’s strengths and weaknesses, effectively encouraging people to share and open up in a safe environment.
The prize can be as big or small as you want, the result will be the same.
You don’t need to get Goofy at Disneyland in order to do this team building game. Simply create a list of goofy, but not too embarrassing, things to do. All team members are sent out in groups of two or three to accomplish as many of the tasks as possible in a given time. The proof will have to be provided for each task.
Again, you can select a prize for the winning team but you don’t have to. However, you should insist on changing the teams every time you do this.
If it’s wet outside and you’re looking to kill 30 minutes or so then simply split your tea and break out the Nerf guns. The aim is simple, eliminate the other team and keep it fair.
You’ve never had so much fun in the office!
Good team building is simply about giving your team the opportunity to bond with each other, they’ll take care of the rest!